Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

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Hoof
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Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Hoof » Wed May 20, 2015 3:20 am

I've had a look at the Steering head which still has the original round bearings and there is some damage to the adjuster rim (looks like the adjuster was tightened on a loose ball bearing at some time which has made an indent in the adjuster about one third of its circumference"!)

So, time to replace with taper bearings - however I can't find the size for the R50/2?

As far as I can see they are sold all over the world but the retailers don't list the size for the R50/2 - they just sell the bearing- I have found reference to the R50/5 (Called 320/28 bearings - size 28x52x16mm) and they are readily available but my question is:-

"is the R50/5 the same size as is needed for the R50/2 - ie 28x52x16mm" ?

Does anyone have the dimensions?

Many thanks

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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Bamboo812 » Wed May 20, 2015 4:23 am

Hucky sells sets for $60: http://www.bmwhucky.com/006931.html

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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Kurt in S.A. » Wed May 20, 2015 7:25 am

From what I understand, this is a highly specialized bearing...not many people carry them. If I were you, I'd call up Vech at Benchmark Works and tell them what you want. Good people!

Vech shows part 31422000000 for $50.

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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Rob » Wed May 20, 2015 10:26 am

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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Hoof » Thu May 21, 2015 10:10 am

Many thanks for the information - I know I can get the bearings from any number of BMW suppliers but I am trying to find out the spec. - ie the size.....which seems to be a closely guarded secret! (I THINK they are 320/28 bearings - size 28x52x16mm)
If I know the size I can choose the make rather than just getting a set from a BMW supplier who gets them from some manufacturer unknown to me.
I understand that BMW were actually getting their 'branded' bearings from Argentina at one time - who knows who made them! There are also Chinese bearings which are very cheap (and many others) but It would be nice to get a set from one of the best manufacturers. If no one knows the size I suppose I'll take off my steering head (again) and measure the size - but it would be nice to order a set by the size before dissassembly (again) !
Surely someone has done this and knows the size for an R50/2 ?
Best wishes

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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Bamboo812 » Thu May 21, 2015 1:17 pm

I did them, but it was about 6 years ago and the bike is long gone. You could try calling Vech at Bench Mark Works. He's very helpful and doesn't mind talking on the phone with fellow BMW enthusiasts.

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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Rob » Thu May 21, 2015 2:55 pm

Bamboo812 wrote:I did them, but it was about 6 years ago and the bike is long gone. You could try calling Vech at Bench Mark Works. He's very helpful and doesn't mind talking on the phone with fellow BMW enthusiasts.
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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Duane Ausherman » Thu May 21, 2015 5:55 pm

Hoof wrote:Many thanks for the information - I know I can get the bearings from any number of BMW suppliers but I am trying to find out the spec. - ie the size.....which seems to be a closely guarded secret! (I THINK they are 320/28 bearings - size 28x52x16mm)
If I know the size I can choose the make rather than just getting a set from a BMW supplier who gets them from some manufacturer unknown to me.
I understand that BMW were actually getting their 'branded' bearings from Argentina at one time - who knows who made them! There are also Chinese bearings which are very cheap (and many others) but It would be nice to get a set from one of the best manufacturers. If no one knows the size I suppose I'll take off my steering head (again) and measure the size - but it would be nice to order a set by the size before dissassembly (again) !
Surely someone has done this and knows the size for an R50/2 ?
Best wishes
I think that if you go to a dozen bearing suppliers, not a one will even have it in the list. These bearings are special.
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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Hoof » Fri May 22, 2015 2:54 am

Interesting if BMW had special bearings made when there are so many off the shelf taper bearings around. Now I am more than curious!

Even special bearings have a size...I'll report back when I find out.

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Re: Which Steering Head Bearings for R50/2 ?

Post by Rob » Fri May 22, 2015 3:32 am

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